Once upon a time, when you were still in grade school, you probably snuck into your mom’s closet to try on her high heels and smear on her lipstick; all you wanted to do was be older. Since then, you’ve shot up in height, finished school, enjoyed romantic relationships, pursued careers… and now that you have a those years under your belt, you may be longing for the days of your youth.
Instead of bemoaning what has already came and went, embrace the joys and wisdom that come with decades of experience and celebrate who you are now. Below are a few tips that will help you find perspective and age with grace:
Relax & Meditate:
Difficult as it may be, your default mode later in life should learn towards cool and focused, not stressed. Anxiety and tension will only raise your blood pressure and tighten your entire body. Schedule time regularly for relaxation techniques, such as yoga, face masks, and skin treatments to steady calmness instead of only experiencing serenity on occasion.
During a relaxing night in, set a peaceful mood in your home by lighting your favorite scented candles and using dim lighting. Meditate mentally by sitting down for about 15 minutes a day, motionless.
The break from activity will leave you focused and energized to continue the day’s agenda and assist in productivity and self-reflection.
Find Confidence in your Appearance:
Do not be sucked into thinking that your best years are behind you – age ain’t nothin’ but a number. By finding confidence in your everyday appearance, you will immediately begin to walk taller than you did before.
Wear what makes you happy and strategically flatters. Take the time to find a signature color or two. Start off by determining what “season” your skin tone and hair color are, and perhaps incorporate a little color psychology into your selected hue. When in doubt, remember that pigments like black, red, plum, navy, teal and soft whites will look superb regardless of whether your skin tint is cool or warm.
Find new ways to express yourself through your clothing options: treat yourself to a few new well-fitted articles of clothing, or indulge in unique pieces from consignment shops and second-hand stores. If you have difficulty in accepting your wrinkles, try out various anti-aging skin care products, such as Isomers, to avoid any insecurity, but don’t make the common mistake of caking on mountains of foundation.
Discover New Interests and Hobbies:
Nothing renews your energy and spirit quite like finding a new activity or passion, and at this point in your life, you may find you have more time to explore them! Have you always wanted to learn to play an instrument, take dance lessons, go on a camping trip or weekend retreat somewhere special?
As you get older, excuses not to act on these impulses grow weaker. You can keep it simple and do a little digging at home to find a new musical artist you really enjoy through applications like Pandora and Spotify, or start up on a TV show you’ve heard friends and colleagues talking passionately about.
You can find inspiration for new projects through Pinterest, or new hobbies and interests via parks and cultural institutions near you that have been left unexplored – until now.
Take Care of Yourself:
Notice when you are making the right choices from day to day. Instead of grabbing a family size bag of barbeque chips, eat snacks that have the proper ingredients to benefit your health. Age tends to diminish our ability to absorb certain essential nutrients like Vitamin A, B and D, as well as calcium and fiber, so research foods that can heighten your intake.
To assist with nutrition, talk to your doctor about what daily vitamins you could be taking to boost any deficiencies. As frightening as you may find it, join a gym or fitness center that attracts a clientele you feel comfortable around. People of all ages and handicaps work out, so set aside the excuses and consult with a trainer to find workouts that fit your needs and interests.
It’s important to keep your body going; let it know you want it to wake up!
One or two of your senses may be starting to fade, so make sure to do some research and find a pair of hearing aids or prescription reading glasses from specialty retailers like ReSound. You’ll want to keep your hearing and sight at its highest ability possible no matter what your age.
The best way to age with grace is to never stop being you. Don’t let your age affect where you want to go and what you want to see. Travel and experience things you would only fantasize about when you were younger. Indulge in your interests if you feel like you have too much on your hands, and remember that you’ve got it made.